If you sometimes have no idea where the day has gone, or if you can’t seem to accurately estimate how much time a task will take you, try keeping a log. Breaking your work down into categories — such as personal growth, core job duties, administrative work, etc. — will be easier than keeping track of every single task. You could also break it down by short-term, long-term, and urgent tasks, or by high, medium, and low priorities. If you’re a pen-and-paper person, create a time-tracking chart and update it at the end of each day.
If you’re more digitally oriented, there are different apps that can do the math for you. Either way, at the end of a couple of weeks you will have a clear picture of how you’re spending — and wasting — your most precious resource.
Adapted from Managing Time (20-Minute Manager Series).